Personal profile


Originally from the United States, Carolyn came to Australia in 1994 after living in Japan for four years. Her AB (magna cum laude) from Harvard College is in social anthropology, and her PhD in cultural anthropology is from Columbia University.

During her postgraduate career, she received a Japan Foundation Fellowship to study at the Inter-University Center for the Study of Japanese in Yokohama, Japan. Before coming to Australia, Prof. Stevens taught and conducted research at Jochi (Sophia) and Obirin Universities in Tokyo. More recently, she has had visiting research and teaching positions with the University of Tokyo (Faculty of International and Public Health), Meiji Gakuin University (Faculty of International Studies and PRIME) and the National University of Singapore. She is currently a visiting overseas research team member at the International Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken, 2017 ~ ).

Carolyn was appointed Professor of Japanese Studies and the Director of the Japanese Studies Centre in 2012.


  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Popular Music

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Projects 2013 2018

Sonic practice in Japan: sound in everyday life

Stevens, C. S., Chenhall, R., Kohn, T., Bestor, T., Hankins, J. & Hosokawa, S.

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Project: Research

The Beatles in Japan

Stevens, C. S.


Project: Research

Research Output 1995 2018

Australia’s view of Japan, as seen from Japanese Studies

Stevens, C. S. 2018 Rethinking Japanese Studies: Eurocentricism and the Asia-Pacific Region. Okano, K. & Sugimoto, Y. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 118–136 19 p. (Routledge Contemporary Japan Series)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Interdisciplinary collaboration and brokerage in the digital

Chan, A., Chenhall, R., Kohn, T. & Stevens, C. S. 2017 In : Digital Humanities Quarterly. 11, 3, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sonic Japan

Stevens, C. S., Chenhall, R. & Kohn, T. Jul 2017

Research output: Other contribution

Irasshai! Sonic practice as commercial enterprise in urban Japan

Stevens, C. S. 2016 In : Journal of Musicological Research. 35, 2, p. 82 - 99 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The Map Precedes the Territory: Pokémon Go through the eyes of Jean Baudrillard

Stevens, C. S. 12 Aug 2016 4 p.OpenDemocracy

Research output: Other contribution

Activities 2011 2018

  • 2 Contribution to conference
  • 2 Visiting an external academic institution
  • 1 Peer review responsibility
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

Doshisha University

Stevens, C. S. (Visiting researcher)
19 Feb 2018

Activity: Visiting an external academic institution

International Research Centre for Japanese Studies

Stevens, C. S. (Visiting researcher)
Apr 2017Apr 2020

Activity: Visiting an external academic institution

Japanese Studies Association of Australia

Stevens, C. S. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
29 Jun 2017

Activity: Contribution to conference

Japanese Studies Association of Australia: Plenary Speaker

Stevens, C. S. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
1 Jul 2015

Activity: Contribution to conference

Japan in Stereo: Japan Rock

Stevens, C. S. (Contributor)
22 Feb 2013

Activity: Public lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

Yoko Ono: the most famous Japanese person outside Japan

Carolyn Shannon Stevens


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

ABC News Radio

Carolyn Shannon Stevens


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Nihon e no Keikoku

Carolyn Shannon Stevens


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment